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A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve Itby Peter Pringle
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Forty-nine million people — including one in four children — go hungry in the U.S. every day, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all. Inspired by the acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table, this companion book offers powerful insights from those at the front lines of solving hunger in America, including:
Jeff Bridges, Academy Awardwinning actor, cofounder of the End Hunger Network, and spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry Campaign, on raising awareness about hunger
Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group, unravels the inequities in the Farm Bill and shows how they affect America's hunger crisis
Marion Nestle, nutritionist and acclaimed critic of the food industry, whose latest work tracks the explosion of calories in today's Eat More” environment
Bill Shore, Joel Berg, and Robert Egger, widely-published anti-hunger activists, suggest bold and diverse strategies for solving the crisis
Janet Poppendieck, sociologist, bestselling author, and well-known historian of poverty and hunger in America, argues the case for school lunch reform
Jennifer Harris, of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, uncovers the new hidden persuaders of web food advertisers
David Beckmann, head of Bread for the World, and Sarah Newman, researcher on A Place at the Table, explore the intersection of faith and feeding the hungry
Mariana Chilton, director of Drexel University's Center for Hunger-Free Communities, discusses the health impacts of hunger and the groundbreaking Witnesses to Hunger project
Tom Colicchio, chef and executive producer of televisions Top Chef, presents his down-to-earth case to Washington for increases in child nutrition programs
Andy Fisher, veteran activist in community food projects, argues persuasively why we have to move beyond the charity-based emergency feeding program
Kelly Meyer, cofounder of Teaching Gardens, illuminates the path to educating, and providing healthy food for, all children
Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, the film's directors/producers, tell their personal stories of how and why they came to make the documentary
Hunger and food insecurity pose a deep threat to our nation. A Place at the Table shows they can be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available, and affordable, is in the best interest of us all.
49 million people in the U.S. — one in four children — go hungry every day, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. The documentary A Place at the Table examines this issue through the lens of three people for who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado second-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi fifth-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hungers Mariana Chilton, Top Chefs Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.
The book A Place at the Table is a tie-in anthology that develops the film's themes through essays from food and hunger activists and reformers, outlining how to get involved now and innovative ways to reshape the American welfare system. Ultimately, the film and the book will show us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
From the company that brought you Food, Inc. and Waiting for "Superman": An eye-opening exploration of how we can end hunger in America, based on the acclaimed documentary.
Forty-nine million people—including one in four children—go hungry in the U.S every day, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all. The documentary Finding North examines this issue by interweaving the stories of three people who are struggling with food insecurity with insights from food experts and activists. The Los Angeles Times called it "moving… [it] forcefully makes the case that hunger has serious economic, social, and cultural implications for the nation."
Expanding on the film's themes, the book Finding North includes essays from food and hunger activists and reformers, outlining how to get involved now in innovative ways to reshape the American welfare system. Ultimately, it shows us how hunger poses a deep threat to our nation, and how it can be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
About the Author
Peter Pringle is a veteran British foreign correspondent. He is the author and coauthor of several nonfiction books, including the bestselling Those Are Real Bullets, Aren't They? and Food, Inc: Mendel to Monsanto — The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest. He lives in New York City.
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